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Essential Training

Mastering the Fundamentals of Coaching


Our first building block to the International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification.


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Thank you for your visiting the Center for Coaching Excellence website. We would enjoy answering any questions and together, explore your training needs. We welcome your call or fill out a personal consultation request and we will get back to you within 24 hours.

If you are interested in having coach training in your vicinity, please call for more details. 612.246.4787

Training Overview

CCE has a proven track record and has been in existence since 2007. Our sole focus is developing highly competent coaches. Our mentor coach training approach limits classes to eight-ten trainees and allows us to invest in every trainee through individualized guidance in their personal and professional development, coaching style, and coaching mastery.


Training Approach

We have found coaching is served well with a combination of in-person and virtual classroom training. In-person Essential Training provides a rich experience of observation, coaching demonstrations, group interaction, collaborative peer exercises, and dialogue that strengthens comprehension, application, and synthesis. This enhances the virtual classroom interaction and learning experience that follows the workshop.

We recognize that, for some, travel may still be impossible. Therefore, we have designed an Essential Training no-travel virtual format with many of the in-person dynamics and is offered twice during the calendar year.


Customized Content – All of our training content has been meticulously developed by CCE, using what we believe to be the highest quality research and resources available. Our process allows us to customize our training to best match the needs of our participants.

The Essential Training workbook has been thoughtfully designed and formatted as a resource that can be used for years to come. 


Certification – Essential Training is your first step toward certification. Our three inclusive and comprehensive programs meet the necessary number of coach-specific training hours and mentor coaching requirements for each level of the International Coach Federation (ICF) certifications. Complete information is found on the CCE Certification page or you can request a free consultation.


Training Logistics  

We offer Essential Training workshops throughout the US. However, when flight travel occurs for participants, we have priced our training to help cover the cost of US travel expenses. 

Tuition covers:

  • Training manual and all textbooks
  • Meals during Workshop hours
  • 10 hours of ICF required mentor coaching for the first level of certification in the CCE Associate Program. Mentor coaching would average $1200 - $1500 beyond coach training.

Essential Training Structure With Travel

  • Phase 1: Workshop 1
  • Phase 2: Live virtual classes
  • Phase 3: Workshop 2
  • Phase 4: Observation Coaching with your trainer
  • Phase 5: Mentor coaching

 Essential Training Structure Without Travel

  • Phase 1: Live virtual classes
  • Phase 2: Observation Coaching with your trainer

During Essential Training, you will have the opportunity to engage in weekly peer coaching, independent reading, and gain experience in coaching a client. 


Investment With Travel

The tuition for Essential Training is $2475 per person. Payment plans available.

Investment With No Travel

The tuition for Essential without travel is $1975 and does not cover mentor coaching.

Essential Training

Registration & Schedule 2018

September 7–November 14

Training begins with a workshop in Chapel Hill, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Following the workshop on September 7 and 8, classes are facilitated in a live virtual classroom.

•  Tuesdays, 11:15am–12:45pm ET

Facilitator: Jim Reklis, PCC & Mary Verstraete, PCC

Registration closes on August 17

September 14–November 20

Training begins with a workshop in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Following the workshop on September 15 and 16, classes are facilitated in a live virtual classroom.

•  Tuesdays, 11:30am–1:00pm CT

Facilitator: Mary Verstraete, PCC 

Registration closes August 31